You’ll never know what you have until it’s gone.
The Geumgango’s Owner
Jin Sun-mi (Oh Yeon-seo) was lured by the demon bookseller. Sam Jang’s powers were trapped to the evil spirit as well. It instantly transformed Sun-mi back into an ordinary human. This meant she couldn’t see ghosts and her blood don’t attract supernatural beings anymore. The only thing left is her control over the Geumgango. She wasn’t aware of it though, and Son Oh-gong (Lee Seung-gi) used that opportunity to let her go (me: ugly crying). All those “now-that-we-broke-up” dialogues pierced right through me. Both of them thought letting each other go is the best way moving forward. Although I understand that both their lies were to protect themselves as well, it frustrates me to see them walk away from each other. Also, Woo Ma-wang (Chae Seung-won) loved dramatic flare and didn’t correct the assumption of the two, tsk.
The Pig’s Predicament
Since each characters fate is intertwined, the disappearance of Sam Jang affected our beloved zombie girl Jin Bu-ja (Lee Se-young) too and because Jeo Pal-gye (Lee Hong-ki) adores her like a real dongsaeng, he couldn’t stand seeing her rot. He almost let Bu-ja eat Sun-mi because of his desperateness. Good thing, Ma-wang was there to stopped him. Can I just say I love this subplot? If Hwayugi is a manga, I’m sure this mini-story would make a very good standalone special chapter. It touching to see the usually laid-back pig demon care so much for a friend. It showed a really different side of this character. Anyway, Bu-ja’s situation only added to Sun-mi’s conviction that she should return as Sam Jang.
The Ordinary Jin Sun-mi
We, ordinary humans, tend to always think of the what-ifs. We always want things that we can’t have. Despite her ghost-seeing ability, Sun-mi is still humane in that aspect. She wished for things she thought would make her happy. She didn’t realize she was beautiful as she is. It took an evil bookseller and break-up with her pseudo-namjachinggu for her to realize she’s actually quite happy.
Her words when she convinced her younger self to come out of the book trap are really teary. Sun-mi reminded herself she come out of her bad experiences scathed but not broke. She’s still intact and that whatever it is she needs to face in the future, she would be able to pass through it as well. I can’t express how much Sun-mi’s words spoke to me on a personal level. Yes, she needed some convincing but in the end, the only person who could save her from forever being trapped on the illusion of false happiness is herself. It’s a relief to see Sun-mi slowly accepting her fate and see things half-full.
Anyway, I’m glad our female lead resolved her childhood grudge of being abandoned. Her temporary break-up with Oh-gong put her feelings into perspective. The swindling Monkey might be late, but the important thing is he came. And he seemed to know now what a real guardian should do, which probably include some knee-buckling rating-collecting kiss.
Maknae’s Episode Verdict
Master’s Sun is one of those dramas that I can’t forget after a very long time. I love the way Tae Gong-shil (Gong Hyo-jin) dealt with her ghost-seeing ability. It was herself who needed to accept everything about her first before she let Joo joong-won (Seo Ji-sub) love her completely. Why am I suddenly bringing this up? This episode of Hwayugi strongly reminded me of that other Hong Sisters-penned drama. The writing pair are really good with stories of accepting oneself .
I also think the supernatural scenarios in this series are mostly metaphorical. Since episode 1, I felt like the dialogues were meant to be relatable even in ordinary situations. The mystical appeal of the plot is a good excuse to use outlandish romantic lines without sounding like they were from a complete trite hero. I also like the subtle way they include modern societal issues and avoid coming off as a preacher.
And now that the two main character’s relationship is on another level and some of their personal conflicts resolved, I’m kind of expecting the next scene will keep me on the edge of my seat.
– He was scared of Bu-ja’s sudden disappearance. It makes my previous assumption that he’s an evil spirit sort-of questionable.
– Can I just say how cute Son Oh-gong is whenever he asked Sun-mi if she is being clingy? He perk up and ready to jump if Sun-mi admits she want him to stay. Also, I want this doll! (and this Oppa as well).
– Me during the kiss scene:
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